North Korea: a military option

The virtually unanimous opinion of all sensible and informed people on the issue of North Korea is that there is no military option. Lindsay Graham completely rejected this consensus. He claimed that there is a military option: the destruction of North Korea. In support for this claim, Graham asserted that he had been told this by President Trump.

 

The notion that Trump would use Graham as his spokesperson seems highly unlikely. However, the notion that Graham would invent the claim seems equally unlikely. Moreover, the US has already assembled a massive military force on the borders of North Korea. The American elite have clearly worked themselves up into a hysteria over the issue of North Korea. The corporate media daily represent North Korea as presenting a threat to America, demanding that something must be done: specifically, North Korea must be deprived of its nuclear weapons capacity. This is a mantra that invariably precedes the launching a war of aggression.

 

Of course, the alternative is that the US is simply engaging in rhetoric to frighten China into forcing North Korea to halt its nuclear weapons programme. However, this seems unlikely, as China clearly does not have the power to force North Korea to do so. Further, North Korea's leadership is certain that if it gave up its defence, it would be inevitably overthrown. The tough talk as diplomacy thesis is also unlikely because the administration has clearly stated that the time for talking is over. This has been articulated especially clearly by Nikki Haley, which is a message North Korea will have heard loud and clear.

 

In this atmosphere it seems likely that the administration is contemplating the unleashing of war upon the people of North Korea. Indeed, National Security Advisor McMaster and General Dunford have made public comments that have clearly suggested the administration would prefer deaths in the penisula rather than risk harm to the "homeland". Such a war would inevitably result in terrible loss of life, millions. The calculus being considered in Washington is that the death toll would be restricted to the region. From this sociopathic point of view, there are many upsides. The destruction of North Korea, a state that has resisted the neoliberal global order. The inevitable flood of North Koreans over the border into China and, to a lesser extent, Russia, creating chaos and instability for these "adversary" countries. The only downside would be the deaths of Americans in South Korea, which would be a source of concern to the US corporate media and US voters. The US elite has long been complacent about foreigner civilian "collateral damage", but tens of thousands of Americans would not be so easy to characterise as unfortunate collateral damage. Indeed, any attempt to characterise Americans as collateral damage would doubtless be met with howls of outrage. Ironically, it may well be that the best hope for the staying of the US military might well be the presence of Americans in South Korea.

 

 

 

 

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Comments (13)

  1. wirelessguru1

    BS! Of course there are many military options.
    WAKE UP FOOL!!!

    August 02, 2017
    1. croker

      As you seem to know there are many military options what would those be.

      August 02, 2017
      1. wirelessguru1

        Get lost. I blocked you!!!

        August 02, 2017
        1. croker

          Now why would you block me…. I’m only curious as to the military options you referred to and clearly your answer denotes you do not know.

          August 02, 2017
          1. wirelessguru1

            Because you’re a delusional loser.

            August 02, 2017
            1. croker

              So what are the military options then?

              August 02, 2017
            2. wirelessguru1

              Like I was going to tell you – The Enemy those options! LOL!!!!!!!!!

              August 02, 2017
        2. croker

          Blocking me – so are you admitting defeat?

          August 02, 2017
          1. wirelessguru1

            What defeat?

            August 02, 2017
  2. RRoe

    I can see why North Korea would be paranoid when it comes to the U.S. – we do have a track record of intruding ourselves into the affairs of other nations. The only thing I would disagree with is your view on China not being able to do anything. 90% of North Korea’s trading is with China. Stop that and North Korea implodes I would think … I doubt if they are self-sufficent especially in the military arena … it takes a lot of money to operate a military and build weapons.

    August 02, 2017
    1. wirelessguru1

      Moron, North Korea is a slave based dictatorship economy, so most if not all of their labor is free.
      WAKE UP!!!

      August 02, 2017
    2. stevehayes13

      North Korea’s fear of US aggression is hardly paranoia.

      China cannot dictate to North Korea and imposing economic sanctions would not cause North Korea to disarm, as the leadership would see such a move as suicidal.

      August 03, 2017
  3. EZWAYZ

    N. Korea, Iran and Cuba are the only nations the central bankers haven’t sunk their fangs in yet…so expect a fresh round of blood letting.

    August 02, 2017